Patients frequently present to our clinic with a lot of anxiety and worry about pain following their shoulder surgery.
While there is certainly a wide range of responses to surgery, we commonly find that many of our patients complain of very little pain following their surgeries.
There are almost 500,000 total shoulder replacements, reverse shoulder replacements and rotator cuff repairs performed every year. These surgeries can be performed using a variety of different techniques, with even greater variation in postoperative rehab protocols.
As such, it is not uncommon for some patients to experience more pain than others, as more “involved” procedures that involve fixing multiple affected structures can understandably cause more postoperative discomfort.
However, as our patient Greg has displayed this hunting season, shoulder surgery doesn’t have to keep you down! Just a few weeks after rotator cuff repair, Greg managed to bag this beautiful doe by shooting off a tripod and relying on some good old teamwork to get the deer out of the woods (all while wearing his sling, of course).
While Greg’s accomplishment is in no way a “typical” postoperative experience for our patients, his return to daily living and preoperative activity level is our goal in every experience.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, weakness or stiffness that is affecting your ability to live life and do the things you want, come see us! You can head over to our homepage at http://www.dredwinspencer.com and use the appointment request form at the bottom of the page.
We look forward to taking care of you!